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FDA approves Arena obesity drug; first in 13 years
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U.S. health regulators have approved Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc's pill to treat obesity, making it the first new weight-loss drug in 13 years as public health advocates push for new solutions to the nation's growing obesity epidemic. More

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Dad's smoking can hurt child's DNA
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Men who smoke before conception can damage the DNA of their offspring in the womb that may give him or her a higher risk of disease, British researchers say. Researchers found evidence showing why men should be urged to stop smoking before trying to conceive in the same way women have been urged to quit tobacco. More

Genes may solve sudden death mystery
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There may be a genetic component responsible for sudden unexplained deaths, researchers suggested. Arrhythmias may also play a role in sudden death during acute coronary syndromes. In cases of unexplained sudden cardiac death, a postmortem genetic test may reveal a susceptibility to long QT syndrome or a heritable form of ventricular tachycardia, researchers say. More

Gene mutations cause massive brain asymmetry
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Hemimegalencephaly is a rare but dramatic condition of infancy in which half the brain is malformed and much larger than the other half. Its cause is unknown, but the current treatment is radical: the surgical disconnection and removal of the diseased half of the brain. In a paper published in the journal Nature Genetics, a team of doctors and scientists says mutations in a trio of genes that help regulate cell size and proliferation are likely culprits in causing the disorder, though perhaps not the only ones. More

 Biotech/Diagnostics/Personalized Medicine

Panel: Fight fat without diet drugs
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On the eve of a decision by the FDA to approve a pair of diet drugs, a federal panel of independent experts has issued new recommendations for combating obesity, but did not include diet drugs among them. Instead, the recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force suggested that doctors instruct obese patients to diet, exercise and seek weight-loss counseling. More


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 Regenerative Medicine

Growing your own bones: Researchers perfecting DIY replacements
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In just a few years, you might be able to grow your own replacement bones from stem cells. Using pieces of human or animal bone as scaffolds, a Columbia University team has grown more than 50 healthy bones from stem cells. Among other specimens, the researchers produced a cheek bone, a small part of a femur bone, and a complex temporomandibular joint, which is located in front of each ear and allows for chewing, speaking and smiling. More

Mouse stem cell transplant may impact hearing loss therapies
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Japanese researchers who evaluated the risks and efficacy of transplanting two varieties of stem cells into mouse cochlea have concluded that both adult-derived induced pluripotent stem cells and mouse embryonic stem cells demonstrate similar survival and neural differentiation capabilities. However, there is a risk of tumor growth associated with transplanting iPS cells into mouse cochleae. More

 Emerging Medical Technologies

New method helps track stem cells in body
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Knowing whether stem cells made it to a target and have remained there long enough can go a long way in helping researchers study new stem cell therapies. Researchers at the University of Liverpool have developed a photothermal microscopy technique for tracking a common stem cell marker, superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, over an extended period of time. More

Ultrasound pill helps the medicine go down
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Daily injections are a painful fact of life for many people with diabetes or cancer. Pills are an easier and more pleasant treatment method but substances like insulin do not penetrate tissue quickly enough to be effective when taken orally. Now a pill that uses ultrasound to speed up drug delivery could remove the need for needles. More

 Managed Healthcare News

Doctors: We could go out of business
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As the nation awaits the Supreme Court's ruling on healthcare reform, America's doctors are debating a serious issue of their own — the possibility of going out of business. Doctors, especially those operating private practices, said their financial hardship is increasing, making it "harder for them to earn a decent living," according to a new survey of 673 physicians across 29 specialties by MDLinx, a medical reference website for physicians. More

Feds move to curb nonprofit hospital ER debt collection
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VideoBriefThe Treasury Department recently proposed rules, required under the 2010 federal health law, to protect patients from abusive debt collectors at nonprofit hospitals. Three out of five hospitals in the country are nonprofit. Hospitals have to give patients at least eight months to apply for it. The rules also say hospitals can't charge uninsured patients more than they charge insurers who pick up the tab for other patients. More

Healthcare expenses for dual eligibles double that of Medicare-only
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Monthly expenditures for individuals eligible for Medicare and Medicaid is nearly two times higher than that of people who receive just Medicare benefits, a new government report finds. The average monthly expenditure for dual eligibles was $1,474, compared to $667 for Medicare-only beneficiaries as of 2007, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More

 FDA: New Treatments and Technology

FDA probes safety issues with metal hip implants
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Metal hip replacements implanted in a half-million Americans may be failing earlier than expected, but it could be years before U.S. health regulators have a clear picture of the problem. The Food and Drug Administration was scheduled to hold a two-day meeting to scrutinize the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants, following years of patient reports of pain and swelling that sometimes requires removal of the devices. More

Walgreen to offer free HIV tests in CDC pilot
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Drugstore chain Walgreen will offer free, rapid HIV tests in a small number of its pharmacies as part of a two-year pilot program to make testing for the disease more convenient and accessible to all Americans. The pilot program is being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will use the information gleaned from the testing to develop a nationwide model for pharmacists and nurse practitioners to detect the virus that causes AIDS. More

"Candidates for prescription weight-loss drugs include people with a body mass index greater than 30, or if a person's BMI is greater than 27, with a serious obesity-related medical problem, according to the Mayo Clinic."

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